Newly Formed ISB Agricultural Law Section Accepting New Members

The newly formed Idaho State Bar Agricultural Law Section is now accepting members.  The Agricultural Law Practice Section will focus on and highlight specific legal topics that affect agricultural law and keep its members apprised of current events and current law changes that affect this area of practice.  The Section will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.  Their next meeting is scheduled for August 27th at 12:00 pm (MT). There will be a half-hour CLE presented during the meeting.

Please visit the Section’s webpage for more information on membership and to review draft by-laws and other information.

Membership dues are as follows:

2020 Standard Membership Dues – $30
Attorneys Admitted to ISB Less Than 3 Years – $20
Law Students, Law Professors, Law Clerks, Senior ISB Members, Members of the Public – $20

To officially join the Agricultural Law Section as a voting member, please complete the Section Registration Form and return with payment to Dayna Ferrero at the Idaho State Bar, PO Box 895, Boise, Idaho 83701 or you can make payment online.  If you are making payment online, please detail in the description that you are paying dues for the “Agricultural Law Section.”

The election of officers of the Governing Council will be held electronically beginning July 1st.  All paying members of the section at that time will be sent a link to vote electronically.

The proposed slate of officers include:

Chairperson: Kelly Stevenson

Vice Chairperson: Samuel Parry

Secretary: Stephen Madsen

Treasurer: Paul Merrill

At Large Members:

David Ballard (1-Year Term)

Mark Cornelison (1-Year Term)

Anne Kunkel (2-Year Term)

Katie Vandenberg (2-Year Term)

If you have questions or would like to serve on the Governing Council, please contact Kelly Stevenson at kelly@smithmalek.com or Teresa Baker at tbaker@isb.idaho.gov.

The Federal Court’s Coronavirus Response: Brown Bag CLE – June 4

The Federal Bar Association invites you to join us as Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Joseph M. Meier, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush and Clerk of the Court Stephen W. Kenyon describe preparations and actions, which they took in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They will share the precautions the court will be taking as it begins to gradually return to pre-pandemic operations. The panelists will be also be available to answer your questions on the measures that will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all courthouse users.

For more information: Brown Bag CLE: The Federal Court’s Coronavirus Response – June 4

New Idaho State Bar Commissioners

The voting members of the Idaho State Bar elected two new members of the Board of Commissioners.  Boise attorney Kristin Bjorkman Dunn will represent the Fourth District, replacing Immediate Past President Judge Michael Oths.  Twin Falls attorney Laird Stone will represent the Third and Fifth Districts, replacing Commissioner David Kerrick of Caldwell.  Both Commissioners will serve three-year terms, beginning in July 2020. 

May 1- Law Day 2020!

The Law Day 2020 theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. Find more ABA Law Day information and activities here!

ABA Law Day 2020 Program: Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment –April 30th

Take the 21 Day Challenge and Kick-Off Lawyer Well-Being Week on May 4th

The Idaho State Bar’s Attorney Well-Being Task Force has teamed up with Targhee Athletics to present #IdahoStrong, a 21-day health and fitness challenge.  This challenge is for ANYONE! It will include at-home workouts (no equipment required), nutrition advice and challenges, and mental well-being practices. BONUS for parents looking for fun at home PE class, have your children join you for some or all of the workout. It is fun and family friendly!

The challenge will kick off off Lawyer Well-Being Week on Monday, May 4 and run through Friday, May 22.

Please visit the #IdahoStrong Challenge website for more information and to sign up. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program to support its services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The  Idaho Volunteer Lawyer Program has been hard at work revamping its entire process to find new ways to serve those in need while the Stay-At-Home Order is in effect. Like all non-profits, the economic downturn affects the IVLP’s ability to secure the funding it needs to maintain programming and it is in competition for limited funds resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information on IVLP, please visit their website.

Looking for more ways to stay healthy and strong? Visit our Lawyer Well-Being Week web page for more information on Lawyer Well-Being Week, May 4th through May 8th. On this page you will find remote-friendly activities that you can do on your own at no cost.

Check out additional resources provided by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being here.

Here we go, #IdahoStrong!

Social Distancing CLE Bundle Package – Available Through May 8th

2020 Social Distancing Bundling Package

Offered by the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and Abila

LIMITED TIME OFFER – April 13 through May 8th
12.5 CLE credits (self-study) for only $125.00
Idaho Programs! Idaho MCLE Approved! Presented in Idaho!

The times are unique and social distancing is required.  If you have some time on your hands, the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and Abila would like to assist you in getting self-study credits to meet your MCLE requirements by offering our on-demand, online programs at a steep discount.

Between now and May 8th, you may purchase the 2020 Social Distancing Bundling Package, which includes 12.5 CLE credits for only $125! You will be given 90 days to make your program selections, with an additional 90 days following your selection to view each program. By selecting online, on-demand streaming, you will have the convenience to watch whenever and wherever you like!

Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation Offering Limited Services

The Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation are committed to providing as many services as possible to lawyers and the public. To comply with guidance from State and Federal entities and to ensure the health and safety of the public and our members, our offices, including the meeting rooms, are closed to the public and bar members.

Phones are staffed a few hours a day. If you call and are directed to voicemail, please leave a message – calls are returned as soon as possible. Staff members are available by email. Please reference the ISB/ILF Staff Directory.

History Come Alive: The 19th Amendment in Idaho & Beyond


Registration information here

Concordia School of Law Reaches Agreement with New Parent Institution

Concordia University, St. Paul has reached an agreement with Concordia University-Portland to become the new parent institution for Concordia University School of Law, a transition that will provide the law school, students, faculty, and staff financial and institutional stability and preserve the legacy established by Concordia University-Portland leadership more than a decade ago.
For complete release statement click here